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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# illness

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Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS
Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…
# Sisters
Twin with breast cancer donates skin and fat tissue to sister who also has cancer
Twin sisters Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer were both diagnosed with breast cancer only months apart.
# Diabetes
World Diabetes Day urges people to get proactive about their health
More than 371 million people in the world have diabetes, but one in two of us could be unaware that we have it.
# Family
Separated dad sets up 'equality group' after Budget tax changes
New proposed changes to the One Parent Family Credit have been announced – and separated parents are not happy.
# Roscommon
Boil water notice issued in Roscommon due to gut infection outbreak
The council said most healthy people will recover quickly from the infection but those with poor immune systems could become severely ill.
# Health
Strokes among younger people are increasing worldwide
A major new study also shows that strokes caused by high blood pressure and unhealthy lifestyles were now to blame for over half of stroke deaths.
Column: Nobody ever chooses to be homeless – this government is pushing people to the brink
Access to health services is key to leaving homelessness behind – which is why Budget 2014 is so damaging to the Government’s commitment to end long-term homelessness by 2016, writes Niamh Randall.
Column: Ireland has a postcode lottery for health
Good citizenship in conjunction with some collaborative working between communities and government could build better and healthier communities, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.
# Mental Health
TD who called Sinéad O’Connor ‘mad as a brush’ apologises
The singer had earlier asked the Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell to explain the comments he made about the state of her mental health.
# hold steady
These people feel Apple's iOS 7 is making them ill
Literally. Have you experienced any of these symptoms?
Column: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it's about faith but also about fun
Long-time Lourdes helper Lloyd Murphy writes about what the pilgrimage means to him – and to the pilgrims who visit the little French town each year in search of peace, companionship, and time to forget about illness.
# Cancer
Irish Cancer Society: 'A dialogue on the high price of drugs needs to happen'
The body charged with assessing the cost effectiveness of drugs for the HSE said two cancer treatments are too costly.
# Drugs
Cannabis 'by far' most commonly used illegal drug worldwide
However the study in The Lancet found that opioids – such as heroin – are the biggest cause of death and illness of all illicit drugs.
# spine
Spinal fluid test could give early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
The first signs of having the disease include body tremors, but this new test could give a diagnosis before symptoms present.
# Virus
Saudi man dies of MERS virus, bringing death toll to 41
There is still no vaccine for the virus which has a fatality rate of more than 51 per cent.
# memory loss
Too much red meat and iron supplements linked to Alzheimer's disease
A UCLA study shows that elevated levels of iron can damage brain tissue, contributing to the cause of the disease.
Column: How I live my life with Motor Neurone Disease
Three years ago, Karl Hughes was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, but he says it’s encouraged him to keep a positive mental attitude and to appreciate the time you have with your loved ones.
# H7N9
Deadly strain of bird flu may have passed between people for first time
Scientists have long feared the virus would mutate into a form that transmits easily from person to person.
# GP visits
One third of Irish people have avoided a GP visit due to money constraints
Worryingly, six per cent of parents in a survey also said they could not afford to bring a sick child to the doctor over the past year.
# Health
Concern over lack of warning about flashing lights at events
People with epilepsy are asking to be informed in advance about the type of lighting at shows – so they don’t have to leave due to seizure risk.
# Syria
Video: Life and death in a makeshift Syrian hospital
A video from Médecins Sans Frontières, which has five fully-functioning makeshift hospitals in Syria, gives an insight into the work it does in the country.
# error
Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people
The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.
# Superbugs
Over 20,000 Irish people contracted an infection in Irish hospitals
Pneumonia and other respiratory infections accounted for 23 per cent of cases across Europe.
# Mandela
Shops cashing in on Mandela illness with merchandise
Shoppers are now buying books about his life in bulk as well as t-shirts sporting his apartheid prison number and portraits.
# scleroderma
"If I had to choose between cancer and this, I'd pick cancer"
Scleroderma, which affects around 1 in 10,000 people, is unpredictable, progressive – and currently incurable.
# Uh-Oh
38 people dead from the 'new SARS' - and we're not sure how it spreads
MERS has killed 38 people, mostly in Saudi Arabia – and, like SARS, it spreads between hospitals with worrying ease.
# amputation
First person to have two-leg transplant has both limbs amputated again
Doctors said that the patient contracted an unrelated illness that forced him to stop taking anti-rejection drugs.
# HIV stats
The median age for new HIV cases in Ireland? 33
New statistics show that the number of people with HIV in Ireland rose last year for the first time in four years.
# good health
China has become one of the healthiest countries in the world in just two decades
A major new study by The Lancet found a dramatic decrease in illness in China over the past two decades.
Column: 'I've the best day job in Ireland' says Barretstown CEO
People often think that working with ill children must be upsetting, but it is anything but, says Barretstown’s Dee Ahearn, who writes about how Barretstown helps children and families enjoy life again and why we all need to help ensure that work continues.
# Virus
SARS-like virus claims 65-year-old French victim
The man is thought to have contracted the virus in Dubai.
# Energy
Building eight nuclear power plants in the UK poses little threat to Ireland
A report by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland looked at the impact day-to-day operations would have on Ireland and what would happen in the event of a severe nuclear accident.
# India
Successful life-saving surgery on baby's rare, swollen head disorder
Doctors say the surgery was a success although it’s too early to say what the quality of her life will be like.
# Virus
Deadly new virus sparks call for 'urgent actions' to prevent spread
There have been 33 confirmed cases of human infection since September last year, including 18 deaths.
# Donal Walsh
Thousands pay tribute to teen 'warrior and inspiration' Donal Walsh
Donal, who was fighting cancer for the third time, had called on teenagers not to take their own lives.
Column: Assisted suicide not permitted, but we still must find a humane path for these people
Today, seven judges from the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Marie Fleming, who had sought to be allowed an assisted suicide without the risk of prosecution for anyone who helped her, but where to next with this contentious debate, asks Dr Eimear Spain.
# illness
One third of people with bipolar disorder unable to work - report
Around 40,000 people in Ireland have bipolar disorder, but many were only diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for between 2 and 3 years.
# lung fibrosis
Reilly urged to help make Lung Fibrosis drug available
The HSE is currently in negotiations with the manufacturers of Pirfenidone, which has life-extending benefits for Lung Fibrosis patients.
# Asbestos
MEPs call for removal of asbestos from all public buildings
If passed in parliament, a new report would also see member states required to provide increased protection and training for workers.
Column: Does Hollywood’s portrayal of mental illness help or hinder awareness
Silver Linings Playbook is the latest movie to deal with issues surrounding mental health, but does cinema succeed in bringing these issues to the fore or are they more harmful than helpful, asks Darren Mooney.